Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Faithfulness

"When the Lord comes to reward, He does not examine what work men and women have been exercised in, but what their faithfulness has been. "Well done, good and faithful servant," said the Lord; he does not say, "Well done, good servant, for you have been faithful to me in public works, ruling cities and states, and affairs in kingdoms, and therefore you shall be rewarded." No, but, "well done, good and faithful servant." Now you may be faithful in a little as well as others are in more, by going on and working your days labor.....you may be as faithful in this as those who rule a kingdom. God looks to a man's faithfulness, and you may have as great reward for your faithfulness who are a poor servant in the kitchen all day, as another who sits upon the throne all day....the Lord does not so much look at the work being done, as as the faithfulness of our hearts doing it. Then why should not every one of us go on comfortably and cheerfully in our low condition, for why may I not be as faithful as another? It is true I cannot come to be as rich a man and as honorable as others; but I may be as faithful as any other man: every one of you may reason thus with yourselves. What hinders you who are the poorest from being as faithful as the greatest? Yes, you may have as glorious a crown in Heaven, and therefore go on comfortably and cheerfully in your way."

~ Jeremiah Burroughs


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"Seek ye the LORD while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near: For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts. For as the rain cometh down, and the snow from heaven, and returneth not thither, but watereth the earth, and maketh it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower, and bread to the eater: So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it."
Isaiah 55:6,8-1